Missions


Local Missions

First Presbyterian Church has relationships with the following local ministries, supporting them with our finances (through monthly giving) and our time (through volunteer opportunities). Click each ministry's logo to visit their website and learn more.

Adults Working and Advocating for Kids’ Empowerment, a 501(c)3 private non-profit organization, grew from a dream of representatives from various Jackson County public agencies and private organizations in 1992. These people were concerned about the destruction of child abuse to children, families and the community. Taking child victims to multiple agencies for interviews often re-victimized the children. The unanimous concern for improving the system on behalf of the children led to the formal organization of AWAKE. AWAKE opened its doors in 1993.

Blue Ridge Health was founded by a compassionate nurse with the vision to eliminate health disparities among our region’s most vulnerable populations. Today, Blue Ridge Health is a patient-centered medical home for anyone in the western North Carolina communities, delivering high-quality healthcare for more than 42,000 individuals annually.

The mission of Black Mountain Home is to glorify God by caring for children and families. BMH serves children from birth through college graduation who have been abused, abandoned, or neglected. Typically, youth come to BMH when a court has decided that it is not safe or healthy for the child to remain with their family. Some may stay only a few weeks, while others may spend a considerable part of their growing up years at the Home.

Circles of Hope is dedicated to addressing the underlying causes of poverty by supporting families and individuals in Jackson County as they work toward sustainable economic stability.

Life Challenge of Western North Carolina is a charitable, non-profit ministry for individuals with life-controlling problems. Life Challenge is a Christian program which serves as a residential center for those seeking assistance in overcoming addiction. We help women renew and transform their life from the pain and destruction of their past through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. We also serve as a referral center for men and adolescents.

For over 25 years, United Christian Ministries of Jackson County has been ministering to the needs of North Carolina residents living in Jackson County. We are a non-profit organization supported by local congregations and individuals. Our goal is to help residents of our county in times of emergency by providing food, household goods, limited financial assistance, furniture, cleaning supplies, and personal care items for all ages.

UKirk, which means University Church, is a campus ministry affiliated with the Presbyterian Church PC(USA). The goal of UKirk at WCU is to offer a supportive community where all students can feel welcomed, safe and comfortable exploring questions of faith, vocation and social justice, and to facilitate a Christian sanctuary within the craziness of college life.


Global Missions

First Presbyterian Church also supports and has relationships with the following global ministries and missionaries:

  • Jenna Slowiaczek's ministry in Central Asia
  • Scot and Carol Musser's ministry with RCE in Tres Cantos, Spain
  • Presbyterian Reformed Ministries International & Vida Joven (Young Life) in Nicaragua